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    Default Diddington Hospital

    Although not an airfield structure per se, here is the inside of a hospital hut at the 2nd Evac Hospital in Diddington, England

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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    An oven in the summer, freezer in the winter. Were they insulated at all or just lined. Having worked under a corrugated asbsestos roof in the 1976 warm spell I can imagine the heat under a tin one.

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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    Fascinating photo, Tommy

    If anyone knows the location of this site I'd be interested. It became a Polish hospital post WWII, and from several entries on the web was possibly an extensive site (600 beds+)

    Graham

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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    PNK,

    The wards were standard 24'-30' span Nissen Huts, corrugated outside and lined with fibreboard inside with an air gap for "insulation".

    Carnaby,
    Diddington Hall EMS Hospital was roughly halfway between Huntingdon and St Neots beside the A1.
    It was a full EMS Hospital, with two ranges of wards and a VD Annxe, like Lilford Park.
    The 49th Station Hospital were the US Army unit stationed there, prior to the 2nd Evacuation Hospital.
    Following it's military uses, it was a school for many years prior to demolition.
    All that remains today are a few lengths of concrete roadway close to the church.

    I have an overlay in my Google Earth WWII Military Hospitals folder, I'll post a screen grab in the morning.

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    All the best,
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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    Luckily there is a pot bellied stove to heat the two nearest beds!

    Pass the coke nurse. No, not the black stuff, it makes my nostrils dirty.

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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    Quote Originally Posted by PETERTHEEATER
    Luckily there is a pot bellied stove to heat the two nearest beds!

    Pass the coke nurse. No, not the black stuff, it makes my nostrils dirty.
    There's three stoves in that ward.

    Many EMS Hospitals also had piped central heating systems, although I don't know if this was the case at Diddington.

    All the best,
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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    Love the overlay map. We need more of that to help explain sites visited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNK
    Love the overlay map. We need more of that to help explain sites visited.
    PNK, I've been trying to learn how to do that in GE 'overlay' but my old brain is struggling.

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    Default Re: inside a hospital hut - Diddington

    Hi Peter,

    At the bottom of the My Places window in GE is a transparency slidebar, which is useable when overlays are selected.

    Hope that helps,
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